Several prominent figures from different sectors of the community attended the Indian Republic Day celebrations at Bedford….reports Asian Lite
Several prominent community figures along with over 700 British-Indians joined in for the Indian Republic Day and Cultural Celebrations at the historic Corn Exchange Hall, Bedford. The event was jointly organised by Cllr Charan Sekhon (Councillor – Sharnrbok Parish Council, Area Coordinator PYP UK Yoga Trust) and Mr Surjit Dhanju (MD of S&D Sher-e-Punjab Dhaba) with support from Kabaddi & sports clubs.
Mr A S Rajan (Minister of Coordination for Indian High Commission, London) was the chief guest who led the flag ceremony followed by the national anthem. Other guests included Mr Richard Fuller (MP for Bedford & Kempston) Mr Olly Martins (Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire), Mr Saqhib Ali (Deputy Police Commissioner) , Kempston Town Mayor Councillor Mohammed Masud, Councillor Stephen Moon (Conservative Group Leader ofBedford), Councillor Colleen Atkins MBE (Labour Group Leader) , Councillor Rosemary Bootiman (Liberal Democrats), Mr Vijay Bhola (MD Rock on Music), Mr Satya Minhas (Chairman and Trustee of Hindu Council), Mrs Santosh Kumari (President of Santosh Women’s Foundation), Mrs Deshwinder Sehmbi (Charity and Social Worker), Mr Taha Coburn-Kutay (Chairman, UK Asian Business Council (UKABC) and President, Greater London Chapter Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO).
Prominent contributors in the field of business, art & culture, Indian music, charity and community work received special recognition awards for their services to UK Communities.
In the opening speech, Mr AS Rajan spoke about the significance of the Republic Day and emphasised that events of this nature bring NRIs closer. He explained about progressive India and urged NRIs to connect to their roots and visit India which is on the path of fast progression. He thanked the organisers for arranging such a wonderful event.
Clllr Charan Sekhon thanked all the guests and all Bedford communities for their huge support. The highlight of the evening was the Indian cultural and music celebrations with top singers and Bhangra groups entertained the attendees that included families, children and youngsters. The event was ‘spiced up’ by Indian traditional food, Indian and Punjab dance and folk music. This was the first Indian Republic Day celebrated in Bedford on this scale that helped in bringing Indian community closer and promote Indian culture and values among NRIs and the UK born new generation.
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